Sledge Would Like To Be A Two-Way Hammer

Apopka, Fla., athlete prospect Eric Sledge could be a fine contributor at both wide receiver and defensive back at the college level. Click here to see what Sledge has to say about that as well as Ohio State and his other college choices.

Apopka, Fla., athlete prospect Eric Sledge likens himself to former Ohio State two-way player Chris Gamble. In fact, Sledge could see himself venturing north and playing for the Buckeyes, just as Gamble did.

"I like the tradition and their winning way," Sledge said of Ohio State. "They have a great program and a great coach."

Sledge (6-3, 190, 4.4) is ranked as Florida's No. 34 overall prospect by FloridaKids.us. He has offers from Ohio State, Louisville, Auburn, Florida, Michigan State and West Virginia. He is also interested in Miami (Fla.).

The versatile Sledge plays wide receiver on offense, returns kicks and punts and has played both safety spots on defense. He will shift to cornerback for his senior year. As a junior, he had 75 tackles, four interceptions (two for touchdowns), eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He also had a 99-yard TD catch on offense.

"I look at a guy like Chris Gamble," Sledge said. "He was a play maker. He loves the game of football, like me. I have a passion for the game of football. I see the other guys after practice on Thursday night they go out or go play video games. I'm home studying films.

"I love to stay on the field. I know it is hard putting your body through that. But I would look at any school that would give me a chance to play both ways. Ohio State is looking at me for both offense and defense."

Sledge attended camps at Florida and also attended the Nike Camp at Miami (Fla.) and the MSL combine.

"Growing up, you just saw the names of the schools on TV," Sledge said. "Now I know more about the schools. You don't know what they're really like until you visit. I will probably visit 10 schools, half on unofficials and half on official visits. But I also know some of these schools will fill up, so I know I can't wait too long.

"I grew up and kind of liked all of the Florida schools. I loved the Gators because I liked some of their players. The Miami guys made plays."

Sledge holds a 3.0 GPA and will take college entrance exams in September. As a side note, former OSU punter Brent Bartholomew, who started from 1995-98, came from Apopka, Fla.

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